View Full Version : Do you take mindees swimming?

07-06-2010, 09:45 PM
Was just wondering (if you have time of course), does anyone take mindees to the swimming baths, obviously I'd need permission to do this, but was just wondering?


07-06-2010, 09:48 PM
our policy in the centre is 1 adult to 1 child ratio so no I wouldnt be able to.

I dont take them either as there are many things that could go wrong I just wouldnt be able to concentrate so I dont..I leave that to mum.

07-06-2010, 09:55 PM
I do in the holidays when I just have 1 under 5. I have taken 2 to swimtots but it was hard work even in the baby pool which is very shallow!! I have just started to take 1 lo to her first swimming lessons as its on a day I have her( she is 3). My parents have been really pleased i could do this for them and with permission slips signed and alot of carefull planning I dont see any problem;)

07-06-2010, 09:55 PM
FoOr the last few weeks I've had just one mindee on a wednesday morning so she and I have been swimming. She absolutely loves it and I have never seen her smile so much. It was great fun. I wouldn't be able to do it with more than one but have made the most of just having her.

07-06-2010, 10:20 PM
I'm thinking of asking my mindee's mum this. She is due anyday now (pregnant) and just can't face going in the pool. I only have him (sole charge) on a Tuesday, so maybe....I'll ask? ;)

08-06-2010, 04:19 AM
yes i do. i am also a qualified swimming teacher which helps. The over 8's go on a friday when its free and i dont have to go in with them. i have signed permisssion for this. The wee one i had during the day i took to get water confidence when the pool was quiet.

08-06-2010, 05:35 AM
I never have so far but thats because most of my mindees are under 3, and I rarely have 1 at a time, but if ever I get the chance I definately would

08-06-2010, 06:28 AM
I am a qualified swimming teacher so yes i do but it is not a regular thing, and i would only ever take one child - two if they (and i had witnessed this!) were confident swimmers x

08-06-2010, 06:45 AM
yes I have done but only when I have a 1-2-1 that day. Or if my youngest is off school then if my neighbour can come and she can watch out for him.

08-06-2010, 07:26 AM
when i was a nanny i took my charges every week and we all loved it. nowadays they have this stupid rule that you can only take 1 under 5 in! it is stopping so many children going swimming early in their lives which is when they build confidence up.

i can understand people not being able to take 2 tiny babies in but you should be able to take 2 toddlers in, or a toddler and a baby.

08-06-2010, 07:35 AM
now mindee L and ds are at nursery in the morning I can take little mindee swimming , though last time mum forgot to bring swim nappies or trunks - just turned up with a towel!

08-06-2010, 07:44 AM
I would and do - but all my mindees are over 8 and are swimmers. I have taken little ones but only 1:1

08-06-2010, 11:58 AM
To be honest it was just a thought, after the day I've had I've really had enough!!!:(

I'm going to take my ds swimming tonight I think to cheer me up :)

But you've all made me think I don't think I could actually do it, as all my mindees are little ones.

08-06-2010, 12:18 PM
I'm glad you aksed this. I will if I have only one LO (or one LO plus my own kids, who are 7 and 9 and competent swimmers). I wondered if I was being over cautious but I'm really glad to see so many people do the same as me!

08-06-2010, 12:20 PM
I think im going swimming tomorrow with the one mindee i have on a wednesday throughout the day!

08-06-2010, 12:50 PM
Yes, but only when I have one non-swimmer...so not very often :( I wouldn't take more than one non-swimmer even though our local baths allows adults to have 2 under 8's with them.